Sacred Heart Church

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Everyday Stewardship

Matthew 13:1-23 The parable of the sower speaks about the word of God that gets planted in our hearts. If the soil of our heart is rich, then the word will grow and change us. If that soil is rocky or full of weeds, the word will lie there without any impact, bearing no fruit. This parable can be applied to living a stewardship way of life as well. As sowers, we have been given the seeds of our time, talent, and treas-ure. We have a choice of where to plant these gifts. As good everyday stewards, we are called to plant them wisely and prudently. Oftentimes it is not enough to sim-ply give away what we have. We need to discern the best places to sow these gifts so the maximum harvest can grow. This takes prayer, reflection, and study. Without a solid discernment process, we can find ourselves sowing seeds endlessly without much to show for it. But joyful is the person who has used one’s gifts wisely, for the bounty of the harvest is great.
—Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


Abortion and euthanasia are here now. “Nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, and infant or an adult, an old person or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying” St. John Paul II. Pray for the return of the respect of all life.
- Pro-Life Articles

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Today, Sunday, July 16, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 1:00-2:00 p.m. In the words of St. Alphonsus Ligouri, “Even a quarter of an hour’s prayer in front of the Eucharist perhaps gains more graces than all the other spiritual exercises of the day, outside of Mass.”

Christian Initiation

The Journey of Faith can cause us to lose our patience sometimes, but God always graciously responds to our needs. He lifts us up so that we may be saved through Him and have eternal life. If you are not a Catholic but might be interested in becoming one, feel free to attend an inquiry class. If you know someone who is not a Catholic but expresses an interest in learning more about our faith, suggest to them that they attend our classes. Classes will start in September and will be held on Sundays in the Formation Center from 11:00-12 Noon. If you have any questions, please call Mike Kelleher at 934-4076.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School begins August 7 thru August 11 from 6-8:00 p.m. for students 5 to 12 years old. God promises to be our rock and our salvation-our fortress and sure defense! Registration forms are available in the back of the church.

Outdoor Mass Honoring Married Couples

With Bishop Mark The Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Family is invited to participate and to pray for those living the Sacrament of Marriage at an Outdoor Mass honoring Married Couples on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Bring a lawn chair. Indoors if it rains. Bishop Mark will be the celebrant and homilist.

Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies

Bishop Mark Bartchak and the Family Life Office cordially invite all couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55, and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2017 (and their families) to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy. The Liturgy in Altoona at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be Sunday, September 10. The Liturgy will begin at 2:00 p.m. Punch and cookies will be available after the Mass for the anniversary couples and their families. Reservations must be made through your parish by August 22. Couples must be in good standing with the Church.

Love Feast Thank You

We would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who help with the Simpson Temple Love Feasts, those who help prepare the food, those who help to serve and clean up, those who prepare wonderful tasty desserts, and others who donate supplies. Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…” Thank you for helping others and sharing the Gospel message.

In Your Prayers

Marcella Adams, Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Jody Himes, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Virginia Kimberly, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Richard Lauer, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel O’Brien’s and Jacob Prendergast’s safe deployment.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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